Thursday, March 6, 2014

Green Barn Antiques

It's still winter here in Southern Ontario.
Cold, snowy but thankfully very sunny.
We are having quite a winter.  So much snow we are running out
of places to put it!  
I'm not complaining since I have to admit I am enjoying
this winter. I haven't been around snow for the last 3 1/2 years
so I really missed it. I think this was my home coming
blizzard after blizzard!!

I am looking forward to spring though. 
All my favorite shops will start opening.
The garden centers and my lovely friend Eleanor's
beautiful Green Barn Antiques shop.
I cannot wait for her to open!

Eleanor's home is also very beautiful.
I told her i must get inside photos to post
for all of you to see...

Her home sits on beautiful property...

Her barn is right here...

Treasure after treasure
waiting to be discovered!
Come inside and have a peek...

Every week there is always something new 
to find...

She has exquisite taste ...
we like the same things
so it is never hard for me to find
something i love!

My cousin (sigh) bought this beautiful
canister set...

So even though I'm enjoying this winter i kinda want it to hurry up and
go so Eleanor can throw open those big green doors!!

Until next time stay warm and safe!

Pamela xo

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Lovely home listing

One of my favorite past times is looking at
local listings on MLS.
I'm house crazy just ask my family. 
I love going to open houses too it's just hard 
finding someone interested in joining me. So i usually bribe
my 14 year old son into going with me. The first thing
he'll say to the Realtor is "my mom is house crazy" while 
rolling his eyes.

Surfing the listings on the Internet is alot easier...

I want to share this beautiful home that is for sale
here in Port Colborne right off the beach of Lake Erie.
Let me know what you think..

It's listed at $379,900 great price 
Two bedrooms and two baths. 
This is a wonderful area lots of 1930's character cottages
mostly owned by our American friends. Some have been in their
family for 100 years!

The decor is stunning!
I know she most of purchased these lovely finds
at our local antique places...

The woman's taste is impeccable!
Oh i could move right in if she sold all the furnishings with
the home...

Love this ceiling...

Classic cast iron sink and tub. All original to the home...

There is another bath but it was not in the
photos but it sounded beautiful with a
great shower..

Love love this master bedroom!
Look at the shapes of the plates
over the bed!
Their oval!!

Isn't this cool?

Oh i visit this one daily. It's in a beautiful area. Steps to the white sandy beach and a great

We are getting another storm here today in Southern Ontario...thank you Texas ! And we've
been informed that the cities have run out of salt for the roads!! Our salt comes from
Cleveland, Ohio on ships...and since the Lakes are completely frozen we are out of luck.
Guess the government didn't predict this much snow for us!
Stay warm and safe!

Pamela xo

Monday, February 3, 2014

Rose tea pot

Isn't it funny how things come to us?
Sometimes things we have wanted for a long time
we find in the strangest places.
You never know what's around the 
corner or what the new day may bring.

I have had this old cream and sugar bowl 
for many years.
It was given to my Aunt at one of her
bridal showers back in the 1950's.
She never liked it and it ended up with my mom
who passed it on to me knowing i would love it.
Which i do!

About five years ago my parents moved their store
to a building they purchased downtown. 
They have a really great back room with a full kitchen.
I was there visiting and opened the cupboard to get 
myself a mug for tea when i spotted this tea pot!
It was left behind by the previous owner.
Hidden in the corner and my mom never made
the connection to my cream and sugar bowl.
It's the exact pattern.
She forgot how the sugar bowl was given to her sister
until i refreshed her memory.

But isn't it strange how this  beautiful tea pot
was left behind??
And left for me to find who owns
the matching cream and sugar bowl?
I don't know about you but i love
stuff like this...strange happenings...
more mysteries of life that
make me even more appreciative.

We have all been told that it is  good to have a gratitude journal...but for me i find it better  to be in a daily state of appreciation. If we look for it there is always something to appreciate in any given day.

I'm reading a great novel and the character is paralyzed from the neck down from polio.
The part that hit home to me the most was when she said how when her caretaker dusts the lamp
shade  it can sometimes become crooked and she cannot reach out to fix it.
Think about that for a moment.... not being able to reach over and fix that shade into place.
That was deep for me...and really made me realize so much.
Simple things can sometimes be the biggest things to appreciate.

Until next time have a happy week!
Pamela xo

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Cottage bath...

Our cottage bath is surprisingly large.
Anyone who see's it for the first time is completely shocked
at the size of the space.
It also houses our stack able washer and dryer!

Beautiful old wood floors... and enough
room for this gorgeous painted green chest ...
which is perfect for all the bath towels.

I love to display all my pretty things..

Do any of you know what this Q-tip holder really is?
It has great history.
It's a cream and sugar set from the
Canadian National Steamships!!
I love that!

I just wish this bathroom had a claw foot tub.
I believe it must have at one time.
Considering the age of this cottage.
Most of the cottage's in this town were
built in the 1930's. 
There is so much history here.

I have oodles and oodles of old linen...
I've displayed alot here.

And i have another lovely pink rug just
like the one in the kitchen.
Pilot loves to sleep on this one too mostly
because the bathroom is the warmest place in
the cottage. We have been having record
breaking colds here in Southern Ontario.

To all my new followers a big welcome and thank you...
and to my old followers thanks again for visiting me.

Pamela xo

Saturday, January 18, 2014

More of my cottage kitchen

Do any of you remember this wallpaper?
If you have been reader's of Victoria Magazine you might 
recognize it.  This exact paper...colour and everything was
in one of their old issues. I have the magazine. Couldn't
believe it when we moved in here. 
I love it. I love wallpaper and thank goodness
it's coming back!

Tea cup theme is perfect for a cottage and for
someone like me who loves tea and pretty tea cups...

Have I told you the story of how we found this place?
It's an incredible one. It just came to us.
Decorated exactly to my tastes...pretty mind blowing.
Things like this deepen my faith even more
and make me believe that someone is
always watching over me...

I love this yellow cheery kitchen...
It's not fancy dancy with marble and high tech appliances
(that I have had in the past)
it's simple , fun and happy.

I don't think I have ever been this happy.
We still have a ways to go mind you
but even so I'm happy...
I feel peaceful, expectant of good things
eager for more and excited
for what's coming...

But until things get better for us
I am content...
and very appreciative of this place.
A wonderful cottage to share laughter and love
with my husband, son and pet...

The neighbors around us our simply wonderful
they all chat to us like we are old friends.
It feels so good to be here...

Thanks for letting me share again
my happiness...
Until next time sending you all happy smiles and many blessings
Pamela xo

Monday, January 13, 2014

Cottage kitchen

Welcome to my cottage kitchen...
It's bright , sunny and yellow!
With a tea cup theme...

Hard wood floors, glass front cabinets, cathedral ceilings
I love it...

My girlfriend made me the toile curtain for Christmas
It was a total lovely surprise!
I had no idea she was doing this for me.
I still don't know how she got the measurements so perfect!

I have these lovely crochet window treatments
on all the windows and the sliding door.

The stove is an old classic "Danby" white enamel
I have to say this oven ROCKS!
Oh my everything I cook and bake 
turns out wonderful!
Who knew that such a retro stove could
be so great?!!

Our Christmas turkey was perfect
and the Yorkshire puddings I've made
turn out high and amazing!

I have been finding these beautiful 
pieces of crochet at the thrift store.
Isn't this one pretty?
I placed it under my old cream and sugar..

Another piece of crochet under my Mason china..

I found this beauty at a local antique place
for the best price
the bad thing about this lovely pink rug
my Pilot loves to lay on it!!

And lastly
I love to add a touch of whimsy in
my home.
My clock that the boys bought me 
for my birthday in the summer.
This clock makes me smile every 

We all need to start off our day with a smile
don't you think?

Hope you all had a wonderful New Year
and thanks for visiting!
Pamela xo